A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs, and fertilizer.


Maluay (Cuenca) Group's story

Maluay Communal Bank is made up of 13 members who live in the parish of El Valle in Cuenca. This parish is surrounded by vegetation, and the rugged geography offers beautiful scenery. The people there make a living in agriculture, raising animals, and as merchants, and many of them work every day in the city. The members are women who have various jobs that allow them to pay for the household expenses and get ahead. In spite of their adversities, they never lose their happiness and friendliness.

Delia is one of the members of this group. She's a happy and charismatic member who has been part of Maluay Communal Bank for four years. She's great friends with all the members because they're part of the same community, Maluay, in the parish of El Valle.

Delia, 55, lives in a common-law relationship and has had five children. Two of her children are married, two of them work and help her financially, and her last child studies in a school in the city. Her husband is a mechanic by profession. The house they live in is their own; it's a small house made of adobe.

Delia works in the field cultivating her land or working as a day laborer when she's needed. At home she makes a living raising and selling chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs. The crops she harvests are for household consumption and also to sell.

She's going to invest her new loan in buying chickens, guinea pigs, and fertilizer for her crops.

Her objective is to expand her pig breeding.

In this group: María Celina, María Rosario, Rosa Sarbelia, María Cruz*, Rosa Agripina, Carmen Olimpia*, María Natividad, Delia Esther, Ana Piedad, Mariana De Jesús, Martha Yolanda, Ana Cecilia, María Doraliza
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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